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  • Gin And Tonic Jelly

    Hi there, I am a vegetarian, but still enjoy the libations of gin and tonic, and I was wondering if I could use agar agar powder in substitute for the gelatine? If so do you have any suggestions for the quantity?

     I want to make the Gin & Tonic Jelly, but I have a vegetarian who would be eating this. What substitute would you recommend for the gelatin and in what quantity? Mr Superspiceboy.

    From the nigella team:

    Nigella's Gin And Tonic Jelly recipe (from Domestic Goddess) uses gelatine and the on-line recipe gives quantities for both powdered and leaf gelatine. Unfortunately we do not tend to use agar agar and as agar agar needs to be boiled, whilst gelatine must not be boiled, it would make any recipe method very long-winded to give so many different variations.

    So unfortunately we can't particularly advise on agar agar quantities. However we can advise that the amount of gelatine used in the jelly is very close to the producer's recommendations for setting this quantity of liquid (950ml/4 cups) so we suggest checking the packaging of your agar agar for the recommended quantities. We also understand that agar agar does not hydrate well in acid liquids so we would suggest hydrating it in some plain water and reducing the quantity of water used in the sugar syrup by the same amount.

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